After several weeks of trying to decide which OTA receiver to buy, I finally settled on the Samsung SIR-T150. I purchased mine at a local Sears store. They happily matched B&H Photo's price of $499 (before rebate). Reportedly, San Diego can be a difficult area to receive OTA digital channels. 2 of the current channels are broadcast from Mt. Miguel (between Spring Valley and Jamul) in the southeastern part of the county, 1 near the Mexican border and 2 from Mt. Soledad (La Jolla) near the coast. The terrain in much of San Diego county is very hilly. I live in east county just 3 miles from Mt. Miguel. There is a sloping rise (hill) and several homes between me and Mt. Miguel. I'm also down in a little bit of a valley and Mt. Soledad is 18 miles away (as the bird flies) and is NOT line of sight. Since Soledad has the channels I was most interested in (ABC and CBS), I was bit concerned they would be MIA at my place. After hooking up my SIR-T150, the first antenna I tried was a Channel Master SMARTenna. It is an omnidirectional antenna and I figured I would start with it and see if I could get away without using a rotor. Once (temporarily) mounted in my attic, it was completely useless. It couldn't pull in even a single channel. The next antenna I tried was a Radio Shack 15-2160 UHF Yagi. I mounted it to a 5 ft. mast and, with my wife watching the signal level meter on the SIR-T150, I proceeded to try various locations for the antenna. In the living room. In the attic. On a ladder standing above the roof line. The 15-2160 could pull in both channels at Mt. Miguel (NBC and WB) as well as FOX over near the Mexican border. Singnal strength was about 70% on each (I'm certain that a secure mounting and more precise pointing would have improved that). Unfortunately, both CBS and ABC (Mt. Soledad) were MIA! I couldn't get even the slightest signal. Again, perhaps secure mounting would resolve it? The next antenna I tried, despite the assurances from the Radio Shack sales clerk that it would NOT work ("lots of people have tried that antenna for digital and it didn't work"), was the Radio Shack double-bow tie. Standing in my living room and just generally pointing the antenna toward Mt. Miguel resulted in my getting all three southern channels with about 45% signal strength each. Incredible! Even more amazing, standing near a window and pointing toward Mt. Soledad I was able to get a lock on ABC (about 25% signal strength). No CBS... yet. Knowing that I could get at least some signal from Mt. Soledad, I went ahead and purchased a Channel Master rotor and antenna preamplifier. I mounted the Radio Shack double-bow tie to a 4 ft. wooden dowel, attached the preamp and rotor and mounted this contraption inside my garage near the peak of the roof (my garage has a better line of sight to Mt. Soledad than does my house, which is blocked by another house taller than mine). Impressively, this little bugger pulls in all southern channels at about 65% signal strength and pulls in BOTH ABC and CBS with about 45% signal strength! All from a little Radio Shack double-bow tie that is intended to sit on the back of your TV. Since discovering the success with this setup, I have ordered a Channel Master 3021 UHF antenna. It is a 4-bay bow tie antenna and about 6-8 times the size of the Radio Shack bow tie. The antenna is scheduled to be delivered today. I am hoping to get it mounted sometime this weekend. I'm hopeful that I'll get at least 80-90% signal strength on all channels. What I have learned: * Depending on where you live, getting OTA signals can be as easy as pie or a pain in the ass! * Just because one antenna doesn't work or preforms poorly doesn't mean another might not work better (even a much smaller antenna). * Never listen to the claims of a Radio Shack clerk. * With the location of my house relative to Mt. Soledad, if >I< can get those channels, just about anyone in San Diego should be able to get 'em, given the right antenna/rotor/amplifier system. * Never say never. Mark P.S. The next two channels for San Diego are KPBS (supposed to go live any day) and KUSI (independent, May 2002). Both transmitters are located on Mt. Miguel, 3 miles from my house! And, oh.... digital signals, even those that aren't hi def, are WAY cleaner than what I get from cable. And, of course, hi def is to die for! Jay Leno never looked so good! NYPD Blue almost makes ya want to cry it is so clean!